(Closed) HSG test

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 32
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764 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MrsBananas:  he was in the room, but i remember them not wanting him next to me b/c of radiation? not sure if thats right , and they still had him wear one of those jackets or smock things that protect you. i mean it hurt me like hell and i felt bad after for about 1-2 hrs but i’m sure you’ll be ok … in the end its worth knowing that your tubes are clear.

Post # 33
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MrsBananas:  I had my HSG yesterday, and here’s what I posted about it in the 6 months+ thread:

“I had my HSG today, and while it was painful, the experience really wasn’t too bad.  I took two Aleve before I went and felt perfectly fine being there by myself and driving myself home afterwards.  The HSG showed good results with my right tube, but my left tube didn’t have the same “good flow and spillage” of the dye.  However, they did say my left tube wasn’t completely blocked, as some dye was able to get through all the way.  The doctor said that while my left tube’s results were “inconclusive,” he felt confident that I can get pregnant without too many problems.  We’ll see!  Hopefully the dye cleared out some cobwebs in there! :)” 

Anyway, to address your questions about having someone come along, I was gently encouraged by the Radiology department in the hospital to come alone, as they don’t let anyone back into the room for the actual test with the patient (perhaps it’s different at other facilities, I’m not sure what all the policies are!).  I was actually glad that I went alone, as the waiting room was small and very crowded and I didn’t want Darling Husband to have to take time off from work for something that I was fine doing by myself.  I figure I’ll save DH’s time off from work for future, more involved treatments, should we require them.  However, if you might feel more comfortable having someone with you for support, then by all means, go for it!  Everyone has different preferences and experiences! 

For me, the test started out with discomfort, which evolved into minor cramps that increased in intensity to moderately painful near the end of the test.  However, the test went by REALLY quickly, and as soon as the doctor stopped the flow of the dye, 98% of the pain stopped (I was left with a very minor achy feeling that subsided pretty quickly).  The pain wasn’t fun, but it was nothing that couldn’t be handled with some breathing exercises and imagery (I’m a psychologist!). 🙂  Later yesterday evening, I noticed some occasional achiness, but not enough to take any additional painkillers.  Overall, not a horrible experience, although I am worried about my “inconclusive” left tube!  However, it’s nice to have extra information to help narrow down what might be going on, as I have my first RE appointment at the end of this month (we’re just starting month #9 of TTC and all of my other fertility tests have come back within the normal range).  

I know everyone’s experience is different, but I wanted to add my two cents as well!  Hopefully it’s helpful!  If anyone has any other questions, I’d be happy to add more details about my experience!  I wish everyone the best of luck with their tests and journeys!    

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@BeautyBox:  Yes, we are dealing with MFI issues already so I’m praying everything comes back clear.  Thanks for you input.

@DrBaseball:  Wow, thank you for your detailed description.  Like you, I’m really thinking of saving Darling Husband from taking time off for more important procedures/appointments.  If anything, I might ask my mom to come with me for support.  I have a pretty good threshold for pain so I think this is something I can do on my own.  Did you have spotting after? 

If I have a morning appointment, would you recommend working afterwords? 

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@MrsBananas:  I’m going in for one next week and I’ve organised for my sister to go in with me (don’t want Darling Husband to waste a holiday). When in your cycle are you getting it done? Mine are pretty adament about doing it bet cd 1-10 (though I’m hoping for after AF) but I’m afraid I won’t get an apt with such a small ‘window of opportunity’!

Also, I’m afraid it may hinder TTC for this month?? 

Post # 36
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@phoebephoebo:  I’ve been told to call the hospital on CD1 to book for an appointment for the test on CD10.   They may be booked up already in which case we will have to try other nearby hospitals but I really hope they aren’t!

Why do you think it will hinder ttc this month?

Post # 37
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2787 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MrsBananas: Darling Husband went with me only because we had the appointment with the RE right after the procedure. He was not allowed in the room because of the radiation.  You should be able feel fine to work afterwards, mine hurt a lot during those 15 minutes and I cramped until the next day (kind of painful AF cramps). After the appointment I drove to school for a 4 hour class. Best of luck! 🙂

@phoebephoebo:  They always schedule it before ovulation to eliminate the potential that the liquid dye in the fallopian tubes could interfere with the efficient transport of the egg through the fallopian tubes, which could minimize the chances of natural fertilization. If you tend to ovulate earlier in your cycle, let them know, you want to have this procedure done after AF, but before ovulation, if not it can prevent conception that month.

Post # 38
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@MrsBananas:  Ah, right! Sounds like the same for me. I suppose I could call other hosps too. Not willing to wait another month. I’m just worried that I will be in pain down there!!! 

Post # 39
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Turtle83:  Ah, right. Wasnt thinking about it in that way. Thanks. Were you sore/irritated down there in the days after?

 

Post # 40
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@phoebephoebo: I was told to not have sex that day to prevent the risk of infection, but that the day after I should be fine. I was bleeding a bit since my body didn’t cooperate and decided to cramp during the procedure. Ask your doctor after the procedure, he/she will let you know how to proceed, you don’t want to deal with an infection :/

Post # 41
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Turtle83:  Thanks, that doesn’t sound too bad Much of a wait. I do O fairly early but should be able to get some it. Hope you are doing well and getting some answers (?)

Post # 42
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2787 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@phoebephoebo:  No answers yet, all tests have come out normal which I guess it’s good. 

Post # 42
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

MrsBananas:  You’re welcome!  Glad I can be of help! 🙂  In regard to spotting, I had small amounts of spotting for the rest of the day after the HSG.  I was a bit overprepared, as I brought the world’s largest pad to wear after the test, but I think a simple pantiliner would’ve sufficed.  I also noticed a very tiny amount of spotting this morning (the morning after the test), but I’m not sure if it was actually spotting or just the brown solution that they used to clean off my cervix.  To answer your question about going back to work after the procedure, I think it varies for the individual, but I would have been perfectly fine to go back to work right after the test (I’m not working right now as I’m studying full-time for licensing exams and quite frankly was expecting to be giving birth fairly soon, so I purposefully scheduled a gap in between jobs for this time.  We never imagined it would take us this long to conceive!  Oops!).  Also, I haven’t noticed any soreness or cramps today- I even ran a few miles and felt fine.  Hope everything goes smoothly for you during your test!  

Post # 43
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Just a FYI, I was given antibiotics to prevent infection from the procedure.  And I think it may have affected my CM.  I can usually figure out when I ovulate from that but this month there was very little and no EWCM just watery.  I thought maybe I hadn’t ovulated yet but I did have ovulation pain.  Also, I had a lot more cramping around ovulation this month. 

Post # 44
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Busy bee

FMM:  which drugs did they prescribe to you?

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